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Julie Soefer has been the photographer for so many years at Creative Touch that she’s starting to blend in with the furniture. (Ok, no more interior design jokes, I promise!) Every home that Julie shoots for us there are a plethora of unbelievable photos. And no one has a better eye than Julie for details.
When Julie’s shots arrive in the office we pour over them to study every detail – the shafts of light, the curve of a chair foot, the depth of patterned fabric. So often, though, we end up using the photos that capture the entirety of the room. What happens to all those detail photos? Well, it means we get to feature her here!
It’s spring in Texas and that means it’s time to grab your Kodak and head for the bluebonnet covered hills to make some treasured family memories! In fact, many of my clients already have wonderful photographs of their children, family members, and ancestors that have been tucked away in boxes and hidden from view. As a designer, a Mom, and a past teacher, I am a strong advocate for displaying the family history and memories in a wall grouping at the appropriate location and in the appropriate frames.
- Personal photos displayed in your home tell the story of who lives there and creates a warm and welcoming surrounding for you and your visitors.
- Children or other family members gain a sense of “belonging” which gives a feeling of stability by seeing themselves as part of an intimate family.
Some clients attempt to display their treasures but miss the boat by using unmatched frames from discount stores and wonder why it feels “messy and busy.” I’ve outlined some simple design guidelines below to help you create a beautiful and cohesive look for a successful outcome.
- Consider the image. Casual photographs of the family will be quite at home in an upstairs hallway, or study, or even in bedrooms.
- More formal portraits should be displayed in an entry hall, living room, or master bedroom.
- Framing is the key. If an image is not properly framed then do not display the image on a wall, instead place the photo in a nice album on the bookshelf.
- For a grouping, all the photographs should be in similar frames or matching frames. Black gallery frames are more contemporary and classic; I find they are the perfect setting for more casual photographs. Coordinating frames in pewter or brushed silver are nice for a mix of contemporary and historical photographs that have tones of sepia, black and white, and vibrant color.
- Always use neutral mattes (off white or white) in either paper or linen. Match the color of the neutral matte to the skin tone of the person in the image.
- Hire a professional art installer to install all groupings. Our process begins with measuring the wall and recreating the shape of the wall by taping off a section of flooring that is identical to the wall size. Then we will move the photos around in that area until there is a good balance and scale. Your installer can then transfer the frames to the walls with no mistakes. This can be done in half the time it would take a lay person and there are no banged up fingers either!
- Think about doing something really fun with your photos. I use Wonderful Graffiti both for the products and inspirations.
- Finally, think beyond just photos. Include a postcard from one of the family vacations, a lace hankie form Grandmother, a stone picked up on the beach, an odd antique spoon from an aunt. Large items like a baby’s christening dress can be framed in a shadow box tacked onto a pretty linen fabric. Once you get started collecting all these treasures it is hard to stop!